With social media these days, comments to blogs posted to Twitter and Facebook these days are often left there instead of on the actual website, so some of the reaction to my previous blog did not appear on GNN.
You can read some of the reaction at the bottom of that blog and much of it has to do with the passion of those within the industry.
The question is now will that passion carry them through the rough patches of their respective careers?
Before I wrote this blog, I put together the most recent Links section in which you’ll see a story about an Ontario course that has gone into receivership and the battle, perhaps futile, to save a muni in the Montreal area.
Jobs are affected in each of those stories, just as they are in budget cutbacks by golf operations that carry on.
Whenever we talk about market correction and the oversupply of golf operations, we tend to look at it from a business perspective and not from the personal side of those whose lives are affected.
Passion is a prime motivator when beginning a career, but it doesn’t pay the mortgage when things go wrong and who knows where the golf industry is headed?
Some respondents either on the blog or on social media have mentioned fewer good jobs available in golf these days and how the roles have become more impersonal.
Others have mentioned the costs of education and dues, while going through at least an extended initial phase in which they don’t make much money.
On the flip side of that is the fact that cost of education, difficulty in finding jobs and low-paying entry level positions aren’t exclusive to golf, but symptoms of the working environment these days.
Like many of the people who left their comments, I’ve seen places and met such interesting people in golf/journalism. I cherish those experiences and relationships that wouldn’t have happened if I’d chosen another field.
But after 37 years, my career is on the back nine and if a young person or his/her parents asked me what I felt about getting in now, I wouldn’t feel right if I wasn’t completely honest with them about where golf and media is going.
Part of that would be that I don’t know due to a changing market and evolving technology.
In your heart, there’s little doubt that you love what you do. That’s why you got into it in the first place, but is golf the same as it was when you began your career and how do you see it going in the future.
What would you say if somebody asked?
As this was being written, 61 per cent of respondents said they wouldn’t recommend a career in the golf industry to a youngster considering it.
There’s still time to vote on the GNN home page or the previous blog and if you feel strongly on this subject, don’t be afraid to expand your thoughts below.
You’ll Pay It And You’ll Like It
As you pack for your golf vacation or next business trip, you can be warmed by the fact that Air Canada and WestJet are making a tidy profit from their decision to charge passengers $25 for their first checked bag.
Forget the fact that at least one suitcase is a necessity on a trip of more than a few days.
“We’ll use whatever tools we have at our disposal to drive profitability,” Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said in this story from the Globe and Mail.
The listen to a suit talk about profits before customers is not out of the ordinary, but the quote that stood out like a pimple on prom night was the one farther down in the story that travelers are just rolling over and accepting the fee.
This one isn’t buying it based on my own experiences. If you’re taking a family of four down south, that $25 per person fee on the first bag turns into $100 each way.
That $200 both ways would go a long way once you got to your destination.
The last few trips I’ve been on have seen the overheads jammed to capacity.
As a matter of fact, on my recent trip to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, they were begging people at the gate to check bags that they had planned to store in the overhead because there wouldn’t be enough room.
And, by the way, they were magnanimous enough to tell passengers they wouldn’t be charged for checking their bags after all. Mighty big of them when it’s to their advantage, isn’t it?
I recall chuckling to myself at the situation.
Sure, I thought, people are going to pack smaller suitcases to avoid the charge only to check them anyway and have to wait at the other end for the bag to come out on the carousel.
Passengers have accepted it? It’s been forced upon them and, by the way, they realize that there will also be no savings on air fares despite the recent drop in fuel prices.
The only reason that the airlines don’t hear the complaining is that they don’t want to, instead preferring to drown out the complaints with their own company spin.
Just say it’s profits over people, but don’t insult customers by even hinting that they’re understanding of it. You don’t care about our finances or business expenses and we could care less about yours.
Golf Canadian Style
A tip of the hat to Shaw Communications for a commercial it did with its spokesman Graham DeLaet, a Saskatchewan lad well-suited to discuss golf in Canada.
It’s part of a contest to win a trip to the RBC Canadian Open, but what I like about it is the fun atmosphere it presents for the game, even if it is all in fun, especially at this time of year.
Fun? There’s a novel concept in which to present the game. It’s an important message that also needs to be presented where non-golfers, or perspective golfers depending on how you look at it, are the majority.
You be the judge.